Opinions on Data Broker Sites

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  1. Posts : 258
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    Opinions on Data Broker Sites


    Believe this is the correct place to ask this. I would like to get opinions on the value of having Data Broker sites cleared of any of your information for an added fee?
    thanks
    Last edited by glennc; 06 Mar 2023 at 22:05. Reason: spelling
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  2. Posts : 1,583
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    No.
    They make money from information which you have probably provided through various sites.The chance they will "delete :the data on payment of a fee is almost laughable.The probability is it will simply be transferred elsewhere.
    There is a place to visit and see if you can be helped, ---incogni.com ---If you get burnt don't blame me.
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  3. Posts : 258
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    joeandmarg0 said:
    No.
    They make money from information which you have probably provided through various sites.The chance they will "delete :the data on payment of a fee is almost laughable.The probability is it will simply be transferred elsewhere.
    There is a place to visit and see if you can be helped, ---incogni.com ---If you get burnt don't blame me.
    I believe that I was not clear in my question. My antivirus offers to monitor and send deletion requests to all data broker sites that contain my info. This is for an additional fee to my existing subscription. Just as a natural reflex, I don't like being tracked. But as to the actual value of having this particular information removed I would like modern viewpoints on what the harm and the benefits are to this collection of my information. Also the efficacy of this approach!!!!
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  4. Posts : 2,136
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    glennc said:
    I believe that I was not clear in my question. My antivirus offers to monitor and send deletion requests to all data broker sites that contain my info. This is for an additional fee to my existing subscription
    ??? Good grief, Charlie Brown, what antivirus is this ???

    (No, wait, don't tell me .. it's Norton/AVG/Avast/McAfee, isn't it )

    Just as a natural reflex, I don't like being tracked
    Then disconnect the internet, sell your computer, and read a book (but wait, you've probably been tracked through your credit card when you bought the book ....)

    Real world, real world.
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  5. Posts : 9,780
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    So basically you are paying for your information to be sold to the highest bidder under this false blanket of security.
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  6. Posts : 295
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    "Opinions on Data Broker Sites"


    Sure.

    With the sheer outrageous rate at which one website after another has their databases breached and sold to the open Internet and how data brokers make money on you, I think it's high time Congress put an end to the BS. But it has to be done with some common sense, and that I'm afraid is a little hard to find on Capital Hill with a bunch of old stiff no nothing bureaucrats. They need a consortium of those who know the tech to make recommendations on how to curtail this growing threat.

    As to getting yourself off these websites, I did it manually. It was nothing but a hobby of mine. I'd Google my name and if a website came up I diligently found their opt out mechanism and opted out. Sometimes finding that is a real joke. Today it's hard to find me on the Internet except for the legally public domain stuff of which you need a court order to silence for lack of the right word.

    I saw at one of the credit reporting agencies (can't remember which) offer such a paid-for service. Though, I can't vouch for it since I never used their services for such a thing. I keep my credit frozen at all credit reporting agencies unless I need it unfrozen. And no, according to Experian via a Google search freezing your credit has no bearing on your credit score. Thus, I have an account with all three credit reporting agencies. If you don't already have accounts with the three credit reporting agencies you may want to check those out and see what they have to offer in terms of identity theft protection and scrubbing your Info. off the Internet.
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  7. Posts : 2,136
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    F22 Simpilot said:
    As to getting yourself off these websites, I did it manually. It was nothing but a hobby of mine. I'd Google my name and if a website came up I diligently found their opt out mechanism and opted out
    Well, at least it appeared to you that you had opted out. Except all you did was, in effect, confirm with the site that the details they had were real. Personal details confirmed as genuine are worth more, and spread even faster on the "dark" web
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  8. Posts : 295
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    That sounds like a lot of conjecture because as I already stated I don't see any of these websites with my Info. anymore. So for me personally my efforts have paid off. Though, every once in a great while some other website creeps up and I have to opt out from them.

    Your logic applies to things like opting out of emails or text messages. That's a different story in that then they'll keep sending more and more. I have solutions to that as well but for the sake of brevity and being off topic I won't post yet another three to four paragraphs.
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  9. Posts : 258
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    idgat said:
    ??? Good grief, Charlie Brown, what antivirus is this ???

    (No, wait, don't tell me .. it's Norton/AVG/Avast/McAfee, isn't it )



    Then disconnect the internet, sell your computer, and read a book (but wait, you've probably been tracked through your credit card when you bought the book ....)

    Real world, real world.
    Howdy and thanks for the input. You guessed! Been in the real world a while and can easily remember not being tracked. Don't take that floppy to another computer. Having seen the world and what is given up for "convenience" I am not convinced the direction is quite right. Anyway I appreciate the viewpoint.

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    bro67 said:
    So basically you are paying for your information to be sold to the highest bidder under this false blanket of security.
    Howdy and can you expound more simply?
    Thanks

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    F22 Simpilot said:
    "Opinions on Data Broker Sites"


    Sure.

    With the sheer outrageous rate at which one website after another has their databases breached and sold to the open Internet and how data brokers make money on you, I think it's high time Congress put an end to the BS. But it has to be done with some common sense, and that I'm afraid is a little hard to find on Capital Hill with a bunch of old stiff no nothing bureaucrats. They need a consortium of those who know the tech to make recommendations on how to curtail this growing threat.

    As to getting yourself off these websites, I did it manually. It was nothing but a hobby of mine. I'd Google my name and if a website came up I diligently found their opt out mechanism and opted out. Sometimes finding that is a real joke. Today it's hard to find me on the Internet except for the legally public domain stuff of which you need a court order to silence for lack of the right word.

    I saw at one of the credit reporting agencies (can't remember which) offer such a paid-for service. Though, I can't vouch for it since I never used their services for such a thing. I keep my credit frozen at all credit reporting agencies unless I need it unfrozen. And no, according to Experian via a Google search freezing your credit has no bearing on your credit score. Thus, I have an account with all three credit reporting agencies. If you don't already have accounts with the three credit reporting agencies you may want to check those out and see what they have to offer in terms of identity theft protection and scrubbing your Info. off the Internet.
    Hello and thanks. Don't have the strength of will as of yet to do the thing manually. And not quite sure of your points about the Credit freezing. Lets say I was committed to opting out, would removing the info from the sites keep them or others from reacquiring them. I was phone scam targeted recently and have become more concerned about the issue.
    Appreciated!
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  10. Posts : 1,761
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    At a minimum you need to freeze your accounts at all the credit rating agencies.

    I'm afraid that in today's world, there is no practical way to "be forgotten," certainly not in the US and perhaps not even in the EU. When I checked my credit history at one of the three rating agencies, there were lots of entries for other people with my name. And the report also included residences in states that I have only visited briefly on business trips, but never lived in. There were also other errors, probably due to a bank not reporting that I had paid off a loan.

    I didn't bother to try to get that info corrected because that would have been time-consuming, and I already have the credit cards I need.

    As for your consumer preferences, your purchase history is out there, your browsing history is out there, and it will take strong legislation to curb their preferences. Guess the chance of that happening any time soon.

    To the person who complained about "bureaucrats," those people work for government agencies. It's the Senators and Representatives (in the US) who are responsible for not passing strong pro-consumer legislation.

    As a factoid, Facebook maintains "shadow accounts" for people who don't have actual accounts on Facebook. And just as they collect information from outside sources on real FB accounts, they also do that for their shadow accounts.

    We live in an ugly world. At least we don't live in Russia or China.
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